Read the book first: The Book Thief – movie trailer

If you have not read The Book Thief  I encourage you to do so before the movie starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse is released in November. This is a well-loved book by adults and teens alike, winning a slew of awards, mostly in the Young Adult category, and selling at least a million copies. It has spent 272 weeks on the NY Times best sellers list for children’s paperback books.  Watch the Movie Trailer below.

The-Book-ThiefZusak, an Australian author, has said that writing the book was inspired by two real-life events related to him by his German parents: the bombing of Munich, and a teenage boy offering bread to an emaciated Jew being marched through the streets, ending with both the boy and the Jewish prisoner being whipped by a soldier. It is, however, the way in which Zusak combines such terrible events with such believable characters and the minutiae of everyday life in Nazi Germany that makes this book so special. A number one New York Times bestseller, The Book Thief has been marketed as an older children’s book in some countries and as an adult novel in others. It could and – dare I say? – should certainly be read by both. Unsettling, thought-provoking, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Philip Ardagh The Guardian

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